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Trastevere: Casa di Santa Francesca Romana

Via dei Vascellari, 61, Phone: 06.5812123
www.sfromana.it

Reviewed by: ellens from NJ, review #2170

When: February 2008

A former convent, now run as a B&B, equivalent to the best 3 star Italian hotels. Located in Trastevere, an easy walk to almost everything in Rome.

I have walked past Santa Francesca Romana and wanted to stay there for at least the last two years, maybe more. Finally, this weekend I had my chance and it was everything I could have hoped for.

Although the property is listed on the Santa Susanna site as a convent, there are no nuns about any longer. It is now a professionally managed B&B that happens to have a little more religious art than your typical place, plus a big chapel.

On the ground floor beyond the reception area there are two common rooms with comfortable easy chairs and a TV, plus a toilette and an unlocked, unmanned luggage room. I did leave my stuff in the luggage room for several hours on the morning I arrived, but I carried my laptop with me as I wasn't sure about security.

Also on the ground floor is a breakfast room with 16 four-top tables, a delightful inner courtyard (unfortunately, it was too chilly during my visit to take advantage of this beautiful area), and several conference rooms.

My room was on the 3rd (top) floor and was one of the smallest rooms in the place, based on the floorplan I looked at. It was small, containing a single bed, a small desk and chair, a wardrobe and a wall mounted TV with satellite channels (CNN was the only English channel). The room also had a small private bathroom with shower and a tiny balcony (but no view). It was perfect for my needs. Each room also has individually controlled air conditioning, a wall mounted hair dryer in the bathroom and a telephone.

Breakfast was typical: fresh fruit, yogurt, bread, variety of pastries, cold cereal, and some sliced meat and cheese. There was also a bar where they made espresso and cappuccino.

The guests were quite diverse; I heard British English, French, German, Italian and American English spoken at breakfast over a three night stay.

My only caveat would be that this might not be a great choice for a light sleeper. The floors are all stone and sound travels, so if your neighbors make a lot of noise coming down the hall you're going to hear them. That said, once they were in their rooms I didn't hear anything. The plumbing is also noisy - I kept thinking in was raining outside but it was just water running through the pipes I was hearing.

I paid 80 per night and booked directly through their web site. They accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express for payment.

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